We may be celebrating summer, but we’re anxious to start talking about holiday office party ideas. West Belmont Place has the largest ballroom in Northern Virginia called The National Ballroom, along with a variety of other indoor and outdoor options that work perfectly for your holiday party. Our professional catering and event staff will help you create a fun and different holiday party ideas and themes. Here are our favorites:
Speak Easy: Recently the Dulles Chamber of Commerce asked us if we could put together an event that would create conversation and networking for young professionals new to Loudoun County. We came up with this Speak Easy reception idea, which would work perfectly for a holiday office party. The National Secret, a private room decorated in red, white and gold, has a private and elegant atmosphere. It even has a window in the door that guests use to announce the secret password to enter. The password could be used as a social media hashtag. The National staff dressed in flapper and gangster outfits and welcomed the guests, who were asked to dress in period costume too. Along with 30s and 40s Big Band music, cocktails dated back to Prohibition days. Local Catoctin Creek Whiskey and Bourbon made for some snappy Manhattans and Whisky Sours. Local wine and food pairing were a highlight, as Mary Watson-Delauder paired chocolate, herbs, pine nuts, oysters and bacon with a variety of wines. An interactive cooking activity took place in the kitchen. Each person received a box with an object (i.e. bandana, Italian chef hat or shaker) which determined which group they were participating. Each group has an item on the menu to make. Bandanas made Sushi; Italian made a pasta dish; and the Shaker folks made a cocktail. This activity was so well received the Chamber has asked us to do it again in the fall.
Winter Wonderland: It may be frosty outside, but it will be warm and cozy inside even as we transform our ballroom into a Winter Wonderland for your group. With real falling snow,“live” ice carvings and white lights, we can make your party a magical experience. How about a human dessert display with a real Snow Princess? We can set up an adult hot cocoa bar and an ice luge for Spirits. The cool blue and white lights will give a modern twist to your event.
Santa’s Workshop : The holidays are the perfect time to give back and create a team building activity. Putting your time and effort toward a good cause is a win – win for everyone. We work closely with Loudoun County’s Salvation Army and our planners can help you organize a toy drive or a winter coat collection during your event. Our rooms are perfect for a food basket building party where you would gather and compile baskets to distribute to families in need this season. After the work is done, your team can enjoy a holiday lunch or a seated dinner complete with live music. Some of the delicious offerings on our Holiday Menu this year are: Action Stations with Seafood Martinis, Sliders, and a Mashed Potato Bar. You can end the event with everyone taking home their own Yule Log Cake: a chocolate roulade cake with chocolate buttercream, decorated with a sugar poinsettia, chocolate shavings and a holly leaf.
Let the fun begin with Royal Casino night. Let’s see who has Lady Luck on his or her side. Who’s the best at Black Jack? Do you know how to play Craps or Roulette? Add a band and dancing to customize your theme. Food and beverage are always conversation starters. How about a signature martini and the timeless Vegas favorite: Prime Rib? Our culinary team will perfectly roast Prime Rib studded with Rosemary and Garlic and offer it with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Horseradish Two Ways, Au Jus and Signature Caramelized Onions in a chef-attended carving station.
A Family Affair. When a corporation or association has a true family-work balance policy, what better way to spend the holiday than decorating cookies with your family? Our culinary team will prepare a variety of sugar cookies for your staff and their families to decorate. We will provide draped tables, decorating tools, food coloring, a variety of candies and decorations, plus royal icing in a pastry bag with 2-3 decorating tips. We can add a caricature artist, arcade games and dance music, while Santa makes a special appearance to give gifts to the children. Chef makes an awesome Mac & Cheese that can be added to a kid’s food station, along with holiday favorites for the adults.
Mega Music Bash. Everyone has different music tastes, but everyone loves a dance party. We will work with you and Olivera Music and provide different rooms, each with a different live band or DJ. From Disco to Jazz to Big Band to R & B and even Latin music, your guests won’t be bored at this holiday party! Menu options, such as New Orleans Gumbo could match up nicely with the Jazz music, while Manhattans, Beef Wellington and Shrimp Cocktail would be a good menu options for Big Band music. In the foyer as guests arrive, we could organize a local choral group. Invitations could say “music preference and costumes optional”. Wear your dancing shoes!
We hope these ideas start you thinking about holiday parties. Don’t forget that parties of 50 or more receive a complimentary ice carving! Tell us about your event today.
By Nancy Vanesko, Catering Manager